Celebrating Mario Miranda – The Iconic Indian Artist, Cartoonist, Illustrator
Padma Vibhushan Mario João Carlos do Rosario de Brito Miranda, ComIH (2 May 1926 – 11 December 2011), popularly known as Mario Miranda or Mario de Miranda, was an Indian cartoonist and painter based in Loutolim in the Indian state of Goa.
Miranda started his career in an Advertising studio, where he worked for four years, before taking up cartooning full-time. He got his first break as a cartoonist with The Illustrated Weekly of India. Miranda’s cartoons grace the walls of one of South Mumbai’s most famous hotspots, Cafe Mondegar, in Colaba.
Mario was a beloved, well-known person famous for his works Miss Nimbupani, Miss Fonseca, Laugh it Off, Goa with Love, and Germany in Wintertime.
Besides his own books, he illustrated books by Dom Moraes (A Journey to Goa), Manohar Malgaonkar (Inside Goa) and Mario Cabral e Sa’s (Legends of Goa). He also illustrated many children’s books, including Dul-Dul, The Magic Clay Horse (1968), The Adventures of Pilla the Pup (1969), and Lumbdoom, The Long-Tailed Langoor (1968), all written by Uma Anand.
If you get a chance to travel to Goa, set aside some time to visit famous Goan architect Gerard De Cunha’s Art Gallery located in Siridao showcasing Mario’s work.